Richard Tessel

Richard Tessel

Study | Year of graduation: FT MBA, 2011

Employment: Philips Healthcare Informatics

Job title: Senior Project Manager

What are the most valuable skills that you took from your education at RSM?
"The most valuable skill that I took from the RSM MBA was a skill for learning quickly. While arguably this is something I have always been capable of, I think I really put it into practice during the MBA when I was required to synthesise lots of new knowledge, and quickly make decisions and complete projects with that new foundation. This has served me well since graduation, first with JNJ (one of the Johnson & Johnson companies), where I went from knowing absolutely zero about knee surgery to helping develop educational programmes as part of the marketing plan for new surgeons just 12 months later. Now having just entered another brand new territory – Healthcare IT in the Silicon Valley –  I am confident that this ability will again prove useful."

What was the most memorable moment at RSM?
"Some of the most memorable moments were participating in the vast number of business case competitions with the great friends I met. Most memorable was winning the local competition for the European Business Plan of the Year and then traveling to the finals in the UK. Unfortunately, we were not as successful in the final round as we had been in the first. Nevertheless, I learned that sometimes failing is more valuable than succeeding because it inspires you to make changes for the better – and sometimes this is where the real innovation is. Some of my colleagues from that competition took the idea, reconceptualised it and now are running a very successful start-up in Germany."

How would your former classmates describe you?
"I think most of my former colleagues would say that I was always joking around. While this is 100% true, I also hope that those who work with me realise that I am always trying to not forget the ‘big picture’ when diving into the detail – and always am trying to ask basic questions about our thinking. How is the sales team going to sell this? How does this add value to the customer? What would the alternative solution look like?"

Name three things that make you smile each day!
"My wife and my two daughters. Too easy."

What is your greatest passion in life?
"I play piano and in general my greatest passion is making music. But professionally, I really enjoy developing business and marketing plans. From concept to completion, I find the process thrilling. In particular, I love debating and discussing the early ideas with colleagues and agonising over the concepts. Then there is the moment when you have a breakthrough and the idea becomes solidified. That is the best part."

What is your ‘I WILL’?
"I WILL be a great Dad."